SPS hosts its first in-person Family Weekend since 2019
From as close by as Concord and as far away as China, more than 800 parents, grandparents, and siblings joined their students on the SPS grounds on Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16, for the School’s first in-person Family Weekend since 2019. For family members, it was a chance to catch a glimpse of their students’ SPS experience — touring the grounds, taking in athletic contests and arts performances, hearing Rector Kathy Giles speak at a special Parents Chapel, and meeting other SPS families at form dinners and community-wide lunches. For students, it was an opportunity to showcase the work that’s gone into the first six weeks of the Fall Term. In addition to mini-classes (held virtually to accommodate parents who were tuning in remotely), this year’s Family Weekend included a multi-venue Student Expo that highlighted many of the School’s 70-plus student clubs and interest groups.
The weekend also was the beginning of a welcome fall break for students, and many of them left campus at the end of their last commitment for a few days at home. After a quiet Sunday and Monday, the grounds resumed their busy bustle Tuesday afternoon, with the return of students for varsity practices and other activities. Classes reconvened on Wednesday morning, students and faculty members alike rested and ready for the final stretch of the fall term, which ends Nov. 18.
When One Plus One Equals Three
At Saturday's Parents Chapel, Rector Giles spoke about the history of the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul and the transformational power of community at St. Paul's School. Watch Rector Giles's Chapel talk, below, to learn more.
No Shortage of Smiles
The weather was picture-perfect for much of Family Weekend, the SPS grounds a scenic backdrop for family reunions on the paths and in performance spaces, at Chapel and sporting events.